"Inspired by many artist of the past, such as Van Gogh, Rembrandt,
O'Tanner, The Eight, and a few Impressionist.
Time and moments in history are as fleeting now as it was then. To capture the right moment in the Inner-City; the one with a certain light, shadow, and mood is quite an interesting challenge. Even as time moves forward, people and images present different looks and attitudes. Time, space and life is precious. To begin and complete a painting is a joyful celebration."
Buttram, a Vietnam veteran of the U.S.M.C., is a graduate of Cooper School of Art, and The Cleveland Institute of Art, holding a BFA degree. He completed his master's education at Kent State University, holding a Master of Arts degree in Fine Arts. Buttram is retired from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, where he was an art educator. He continues to work and paint out of his home studio.
Buttram's work has been exhibited in many places across Northeast Ohio, as well as locations throughout the Midwest. He has exhibited at The Cleveland Institute of Art, the Cleveland State Art Gallery, the Karamu House in Cleveland, and the Kettering Gov. Center in Kettering Ohio.
His work has been shown on several occasions at the Ohio Governor's Mansion in Columbus, Ohio, The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, Illinois; and The Bridgeport Art Center, in Chicago, Illinois.